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    Marie Disiewicz May 16, 2006, 4:15 p.m. (Message 45298)

    Hi to all
    My inquiry as to who devised it has not been answered, but maybe
    someone will recognize their instructions that I have.
    
    This is a smashing good fun dance and hats off to the person who thought of it.
    Now the new DVD that is coming out has this dance on it so we will see
    what version they used very sooooooooon!
    I tell everyone at the beginning to look at the opp SEX person on the
    right, across , left and then partner and that is the order they will
    be turning LH.
    This dance looks like it has been modified for SCD. I know Balance and
    Swing as a Contra dance term.
    I do hope I have typed the instructions correctly, if not get in touch with me.
    There are a lot of 4x48 Reels so music should not be a problem. Make
    sure it has zip and really you do not need to do the Hoe Down thing
    with this.
    Some good rip roaring SCD tunes works great. Cheers Marie
    
    Strip The Willow In a Square set
    
    Chorus
    1-8  
    1st & 3rd cpls in ballroom hold dance 8 slip steps to change places,
    men passing back to back then slip 8 slip steps back again ladies
    passing back to back
    
    9-16 
    2nd & 4th cpl repeat chorus
    
    17 -32
    1& 3 Men turn RH 3/4 (2 bars)
    then turn the lady who was originally on their right  LH (2 bars)
    leaving lady in the position where they were
    1& 3 Men turn RH 3/4 (2 bars)
    then turn next lady who was originally opposite LH (2 bars) la
    1 & 3 Men turn RH 3/4 (2 bars)
    then turn the Lady who was originally on their left LH ( 2 bars)
    1 & 3 Men turn RH 3/4 (2 bars)
    then turn partner LH to original places (2 bars)
    
    33-40
    All circle once round to the left - prepare for :
    
    41 - 48 
    All promenade round anti-clockwise to original places
    
    Repeat with side couples leading, then side men turning
    Repeat with top & bottom couples leading,  then top and bottom ladies turning
    Repeat with side couples leading, then side ladies turning
    
    1 & 3 Men 1st time 
    2 & 4 Men 2nd time 
    1 & 3 Ladies 3rd time
    2 & 4 Ladies 4 th time
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    Jim Healy May 16, 2006, 5:22 p.m. (Message 45299, in reply to message 45298)

    Marie Disiewicz writes:
    
    >There are a lot of 4x48 Reels so music should not be a problem.
    There are even more 4 x 40 bar versions of Strip the Willow that don't 
    really work for the dance but strike me as extremely appropriate for this 
    square version were one to drop tha last eight bars and finish off each turn 
    with the circle round and back.
    
    Jim Healy
    Monaco and Perth
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    Marie Disiewicz May 16, 2006, 5:58 p.m. (Message 45300, in reply to message 45299)

    I hate circle round and back so I would keep the circle once to the left in 
    8 bars myself.
    I find the 48 bars makes for a good dance. IMHO!
    
    I love the dance The Falkirk Millennium Wheel for the very same reason.- a 
    circle once round to the left in 8 bars. The dance instructions and music 
    are on Reels and Wheels - Gordon Shand and Band. A great dance anyone can 
    do.
    Cheers
    Marie
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    Andrew C Aitchison May 16, 2006, 9:40 p.m. (Message 45302, in reply to message 45298)

    I'm clearly prejudiced, but prefer the sound of the longwise
    version, since that lets me strip the willow with my partner.
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    Chris1Ronald May 16, 2006, 10:30 p.m. (Message 45303, in reply to message 45298)

    Andrew (?) wrote: 
    
    "I'm  clearly prejudiced, but prefer the sound of the longwise
    version, since  that lets me strip the willow with my partner.'
    And add some extra spins.... 
     
    Chris, New York.
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    campbell May 18, 2006, 11:21 a.m. (Message 45308, in reply to message 45303)

    We tried this dance last night at our club night and the 48 bar version is
    definitely preferable.  The final "willow turn" with partner is a bit
    tight for getting into position for the 8 hands round, but otherwise it
    works very well and is easy for beginners to pick up. Also the initial 2
    bar 3/4 turn flows more easily than the 4 bar 1 and a half turn that then
    has to be converted into two bar turns.   A great dance for the whole club
    to do and a great leveller.  I much prefer this to the longwise version as
    there is not that long wait while the dancing couple goes up and down the
    line (particularly if there are more than 4 couples).  Also as a man one
    can strip the willow with another man, with accompanying "athleticism"!
    
    Campbell
    Cape Town

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